McDonald's is moving its European headquarters from London to Geneva to cut the amount it spends on taxes related to its IP portfolio. The news follows similar moves away from the tax-heavy UK regime by Colgate, Google UK, Kraft and Procter & Gamble.
In an exclusive interview, the general counsel of US media company NBC Universal has told WTR that it is "vitally important" that the US administration appoint someone to the newly created role of IP enforcement coordinator.
Brand owners have today come out in force to protest against an action that they say is a deliberate attempt by eBay to confuse consumers and EU policymakers.
Inviting trademark owners to voice their anxieties over the expansion of the generic top-level domain space has kickstarted a fierce debate. While the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is busy facilitating this, WTR considers how the body's new president and chief executive will respond to brand owners going forward - and what the IP community can do to keep its concerns on the agenda.
After close consultation with a number of industry bodies, the UK Intellectual Property Office has announced a series of changes it hopes will speed up the process of registration.
The consultation period on the proposals for trademark protection in the expansion of the generic top-level domain space closes today. A number of brand owners, including Microsoft, Unilever and Nestlé, have submitted last-minute comments.
Clifford Chance has told WTR that it is reviewing the future of its IP practice. But the firm has denied widespread rumours that it is considering abandoning intellectual property as a work area.
Bavarian brewers' federation Bayerischer Brauerbund has hailed today's European ruling in the long-running battle over use of the name Bavaria a "milestone" victory - although the result seems to go against the body. The dispute pitches BB's rights in a protected geographical indication against Dutch brewery Bavaria's rights in the BAVARIA mark.
Bowing to criticism that the public consultation on the protection of trademarks in the proposed expansion of the gTLD space was too short, ICANN will now accept comments up to July 6.
Brand owners are in need of practical anti-counterfeiting strategies that can help them cut costs and maximize efficiency in the recession. WTR speaks to some leading corporate counsel and anti-counterfeiting experts who already have the answers.
Speaking exclusively to WTR, Unilever's general trademark counsel has said that the economic crisis has permanently changed the relationship between in-house counsel and private practice.
The head of Italy's anti-counterfeiting lobby group has slammed the government's approach to the criminal enforcement of IP rights.
Changes to the way UK Customs manages the seizure of suspected counterfeit goods have exposed a "flaw" in the European customs regulation, says a spokesperson for Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs.
WTR today exclusively publishes the top 10 filers of CTM applications for the period between June 19 2008 and June 19 2009.
The head of IP enforcement in Asia for adidas has told WTR that the global recession is ushering in a "new age of counterfeiting".